Fifty Shades of Grey

The thing that made me angriest about “Fifty Shades of Grey” is that, for the first 45 minutes, I kind of liked it. The opening scene is so well acted, the tone surprisingly light and its sense of humor both consistent and intentional, I thought it could work. Dakota Johnson is both a stunner and… Continue reading Fifty Shades of Grey

The Imitation Game

Is anyone else tired of hearing the name Benedict Cumberbatch? I know I am. Mr. Cumberbatch is a hard-working actor whose body of work demonstrates versatility and depth. He also seems to be the only actor everyone is talking about anymore. Over the years, I’ve taken note of his performances but haven’t been blown away by… Continue reading The Imitation Game

The Zero Theorem

The constant pleasure of a new Terry Gilliam film is how he insists on giving his audience something they’ve never seen before. Most movies, you know where they’re taking you, the characters and story have a familiar quality to them and the filmmaking is a comfortable fit for easy-to-digest material. Most uninspired, forgettable movies function… Continue reading The Zero Theorem

Annie

I honestly go into every movie open-minded and hopeful. Movie critics have reputations of sitting in a dark theater with poisoned pens, sporting a sourpuss expression, but I love going to the movies as much as anyone and don’t set out to trash any movie or the filmmakers involved. I even went to “Gigli” on opening… Continue reading Annie

Selma

Finally, we have a movie about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and it’s a great one. Director Ava DuVernay has made a most impressive film, taking on the unenviable task of helming the first cinematic portrayal Dr. King’s life. Her approach is a series of smart choices: while never demonstrably stylish, many scenes have a… Continue reading Selma

Birdman – Barry

It’s hard to say what audiences are expecting from Birdman, as the buzz from film festivals, promotional trailers, piles of critical acclaim and even the poster give a disjointed idea of what the film is. If any quick-sell catch phrase could sum this up, it must be The Michael Keaton Art Movie. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s… Continue reading Birdman – Barry

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